Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Saysh
Allyson Felix
The 'Saysh One' was designed by an all-female team
The 'Saysh One' was designed by an all-female team
The 'Saysh One' was designed by an all-female team
The 'Saysh One' was designed by an all-female team
Allyson Felix's one-off Saysh spikes

In an ideal world, we would rather ask track and field athletes about a footwear’s performance and fit than a sneakerhead. In the case of 35-year-old American sprinter Allyson Felix, you probably can’t get a better testimonial for footwear than the most decorated American in track and field history. In fact, she achieved said title by wearing her own pandemic-formed label on the track – yes, not a major one like a Puma or Nike – to scoop gold in the women's 4x400 relay at Tokyo 2020. This move was the big unveiling of Saysh, which came in the form of her spikes. The shoe’s construction is eye-catching: ultra-lightweight weaves matched with the technicalities of the plate. It looks like a cross between Cinderella’s dreamy glass slippers and the grace of a ballerina’s pointe shoes. While Felix’s spikes are unique pieces which she is auctioning off to raise money for charity, Saysh has launched a lifestyle version, which is actually the original blueprint for the aforementioned spikes. Christened as Saysh One, the design is the brainchild of industrial designer Natalie Candrian (her CV is packed with projects in the areas of tennis, football, and basketball for Nike and Adidas), who created the shoes with the hope of delivering an all-round experience for the wearer whether its usage is for a hike or a night out. Her inspirations, however, are unexpected: She was looking at the fit of an iconic Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress and the flattering proportions of a modern day hoodie for starters. The result of Saysh One is a weave that combines jacquard textiles and microsuede on the upper (similar as the spikes) as well as a single-piece sculpted heel that is designed after a woman’s foot. What is also notable is that Felix assembled a female-strong team to create this footwear. Apart from Candrian, she has a few more female leads in the team to brainstorm on everything from the performance to the colours. If a part of this shoe helped to win a gold medal, it’s the only mic drop-level answer you need if anyone asks about it… and they will. The shoes retail for US$150 and are available in three colourways.

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